Ambulance response times across Co. Roscommon are getting worse, Senator Maura Hopkins has said.

Senator Hopkins stated, “I have obtained data from the HSE which shows that in the period between 2016 and 2018, the average ambulance response time has disimproved. In 2016 it was at 18 minutes and 49 seconds and in 2018 that had risen to 20 minutes and 21 seconds. This is in contrast with Co. Galway where response times have improved by 20 seconds over the period.”

“West Roscommon continues to be a major problem area. It is very positive that ambulance services are operating from Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week. However, we need to see this service expanded to operate 7 days a week in order to ensure the healthcare needs of people in the region are met.”

“We still have not seen any movement on the planned extension of the air ambulance service to include night time flying. The new community air ambulance which has begun operating in Cork in recent weeks, will help to relieve pressure on the Athlone base. However, we need to see night time flying hours also, because as we know, people can fall ill at any time of the day or night.”

Senator Hopkins concluded, “I want to see increased resources provided to develop ambulance services locally to secure improved outcomes for individuals across Co. Roscommon. I will continue to lobby An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. and Minister for Health, Simon Harris T.D. on this matter.”